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I've been away from the XD platform for a while, but I came across a deal I can't resist. I found a XD45 with a stainless slide and fiberoptic sights in clean condition for the asking price of $249. Being retired military, I can knock another 5% off that. I know this isn't an M model but a regular XD45 service model. Price includes 4 mags, holster, and I believe the box. Are there any big changes to the standard models or is this an older gun in great shape? Sorry, I just haven't kept up with the Springers for a while. Thanks
 

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249? Wow. That's dirty cheap! 450 is basically the normal around here. The M models are upgraded but the old 45 will give you years of service!
 

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Thanks, like I said, I haven't really kept up. I remember when the "M's" came out, but didn't know if Springfield completely discontinued the XD's or built them along with the M's. I had a FDE XD .40 years ago, and it shot pretty well. I traded and went in a different direction. When the M's came out, a friends uncle bought a XDM .45 tactical and let us try it. It supposedly had a match grade barrel, but after several of us determined we couldn't hit water if we fell out of the boat with it, my desire to own one went away. As I said, the price and condition of this one makes it hard to pass on. I'm rolling out the door shortly to play let's make a deal.
 

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Thanks, like I said, I haven't really kept up. I remember when the "M's" came out, but didn't know if Springfield completely discontinued the XD's or built them along with the M's. I had a FDE XD .40 years ago, and it shot pretty well. I traded and went in a different direction. When the M's came out, a friends uncle bought a XDM .45 tactical and let us try it. It supposedly had a match grade barrel, but after several of us determined we couldn't hit water if we fell out of the boat with it, my desire to own one went away. As I said, the price and condition of this one makes it hard to pass on. I'm rolling out the door shortly to play let's make a deal.
I don't know how your situation is, but I only have a few dealers, and I know them well enough to get deals on used guns, like, "If this gun won't group, bring it back and we'll let you trade it in on another, and give you 100% of your cost less the taxes." It's kind of like renting the gun for $15, but also being able to take it home and run it for a week.

Makes buying a used gun feel a lot better.
 

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Well, I ran in and put it on lay-a-way. They pulled everything out for me to check out. Pistol, 4 mags, holster, and the case. I remember these, I believe they were called their Gear Up Kits. All said and done it'll be $251 otd. I'll get some .45 loaded up for plinking and have a box of 230gr HST +P for carry.
 

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Thats a deal!
No my friend, that's a steal. I've found some pretty good deals over the years, but this one rates pretty close to the S&W 5" model 27 that I grabbed for $259, and it needed a lot of finish work. This one looks like new. :D
 

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So, a couple questions concerning the 45. I've read of the issue with the striker retaining pin breaking. Is this still an issue? I will probably get some from PRP and replace it just as a precaution. Also I have other Poly guns and have never liked the plastic guide rods. Out of habit, I replace them with a stainless version as soon as I can. I haven't looked at the guide rod in the XD yet, but if it's a poly version, I'd be inclined to replace it with a solid rod, which I haven't been able to find. I found some, I believe at PRP, but they were for 4.5 or 5" guns and specifically not for the XD45. Is here a source for stainless guide rods for the XD45?

Since patience isn't my strong suite, I'll probably bring it home in the next day or so, so I also haven't shot it yet, which will also happen soon. These two items are the only things I've found that I even consider needing attention. In truth, the striker roll pin is the only real concern. I find it rare that a gun truly needs nothing to fit and function for an individual, but the XD seems to come pretty close to doing just that.
 

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If its a 4in I has the captured recoil guide rod. Never had any problems with any Pins on mine.
 

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And she's home! First act was to pull it apart and clean. Amazingly, I had nothing to do as it was immaculate. Recoil rod is OEM, dual spring, and as solid as any I've seen. No need to replace it until it's time. All the mags were checked, wiped down, and loaded. I've got three loaded with 230gr ball, range ready, and one loaded with 230gr HST +P.
The speed loader in the kit isn't anything to write home about, but it works. The holster and spare mag holder will do just fine for the range. My Bianchi X15 will take care of my carry needs until I find a better holster for my belt.

Sorting through the case, I've found all the paperwork and the spent case, dated 29-05-2006. Hopefully I can get to the range tomorrow and shed some light on how she shoots.
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Got her to the range this afternoon. 7 yds, a box of 230 gr ball and half dozen HST +P's in a 6" dot. I had one flyer when I tried to do controlled pairs. The reset is longer than my other striker fired guns and when I went to hit the second shot, it hadn't reset. I instantly released the trigger far enough to reset and hit it again, but through the process I pushed the gun throwing the shot. Is there anything to be done that will shorten the reset?

I'll have to work on the trigger safety dingus, it sets just enough above the trigger surface to irritate my finger. Some sandpaper should smooth things out. I see PRP has trigger kits, would one of those help the trigger and the reset?

Beyond that, she points and shoots well. The FO sights provide a clear sight picture with POA and POI being pretty much one and the same. Ejection is strong and to the right rear. I checked the spent brass and it showed no sign of dings or dents, so that will go into the reloading box.

Bonus, after shooting I stopped at another gun shop. In their spare mags for sale bin there's at least 6 13 round XD45 mags for $20 each, and a few 10 rounders as well. I know the owner and ask if he'd set the 13 rounders aside for me, so I'll have 10 13 round mags for the XD.
 

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The M in XDM stands for match grade barrel and trigger. I have a 10mm XDM I bought for bear defense in Montana. (I’ve never changed my screen name). The trigger pre-travel is long enough I’m buying a PRP drop-in trigger kit. So much for a match grade trigger.

To reduce the post-travel, same answer. $116 plus shipping with lighter pull springs.

Call them up, my understanding is the 45 guide rod is the same as the 10mm- but I am not sure. Call and ask they sell the heavier stainless steel guide rod.,


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Ordered up some new striker retainer pins from PRP. After looking at another thread here, it made me wonder how cruddy my striker is. If I'm going to clean it, might as well upgrade the pin while I'm at it. I'm still debating the trigger, whether I want to replace just the trigger shoe, or install a complete kit. For those that have the kit, did you stick with the poly trigger or was the aluminum upgrade really needed?
 

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I just ordered the drop in kit for my XDM with plastic trigger since I wanted a curved shoe. I don’t believe their plastic shoes are sold stand alone and the aluminum shoes say they only work with their trigger kits.

Then I spent the savings from the plastic shoe in the $116 kit on a ss guide rod and 22# Wolf spring.


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I have the 4" service, so no new guiderod for me. I'm really seeking an improved reset as mine is almost 1/2". I'm used to a reset of maybe 1/16" to 1/8", so that long reset makes controlled pairs a challenge. The trigger shoe I'm seeking is something smooth. The grooved trigger combined with a trigger safety that doesn't set flush makes for a sore finger.
 

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I suggest you call PRP and see if their trigger meets your needs, and if it must be installed in combination with a drop in kit.


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I'll give them a call Monday. The Talon grips I ordered arrived today, and they make the feel of the XD's grip perfect. Size wise, the XD's grip is near perfect fitting my hand like it was made for it, but it has that slick plastic feel. With the Talon Pro it feels complete. I was hoping the new striker retaining pins would arrive as well, but it may be Monday.

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